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| Last Updated:: 24/08/2023








Scientific name


Monomorium minimum (Buckley) 


Common name


Little black ant












Throughout India                            


Religious association








The black ant is called Ganesha ant.













The anthill is especially sacred in rural India and dismantling one is said to bring bad luck. The anthill is called valmikah. The author of the Ramayana was Valmiki, so-called because he reappeared, after years of meditation, from an anthill. The ant is revered in other cultures also. In parts of Africa, they are messengers of the gods.







 Source: “Sacred Animals Of India” by  Nanditha Krishna,  (Penguin Book India, 2010)